Friday, December 31, 2010

Is it for the birds????

It's really bad when your body is craving the exercise that when your kid has no school you set the alarm any way!!!  Actually I love that factor.  I love that my body has a new good healthy habit.  When you don't go or you get your 7th day of rest sometimes you just don't have the same amount of energy or anything.  There are so many benefits of working out for me.  I have been working with trainers at the gym.  They are so helpful.  They answer any of my questions.  If I develop a problem with one of the machines they are right there to answer it.  Tell me what I can do better to increase my muscle building and fat burning. 

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chiropractic care this is how I feel.....

I have tried pain doctors and interventions from them in the form of spinal injections.  This worked once, but since then hasn't completely helped.  I've been on medications going on 4 years.  I got tired of it.  I've heard the good stories and the bad.  However, I decided to go to Dr Kraft for a consult.  This is where they do x-rays and with measurements see if your body's in alignment.  If not they'll let you know how far off it is.  They also explain why if your neck is out of alignment how it can affect the rest of your body.  

Let me tell you I started with them in August then started my journey in October.  The difference of me be able to move in the beginning was better.  If you combine it with my journey - you won't believe the person I've become physically!  Think about it.  Call them, talk with them. 

Here's there info.  Dr John Kraft 117 West Lockhart Street, Sayre - (570) 888-6325

Who needs chiropractic care:  A person who has misaligned spinal bone (vertebrae) which causes compression, tension, irritation and damage to the Central Nerve System is called a subluxation.    The central Nerve system controls all function and healing to the human body.  This subluxation causes interference of the central nerve system.  It also causes the organs and muscles of the body to mal-function and heal poorly due to the interference they create in the central nerve system. 

Malfunction is the body and poor healing  result in lowered resistance to infection, allergies, illness, and disease. 

Subluxations can be caused by a lifetimes of stress and trauma.  Slips, falls, auto accidents, sports injuries, poor posture, bad sleeping habits, stress at work, or even  childhood mishaps and the birthing process. 

In most cases subluxations can be present without symptoms or warnings.  Usually it's existed for several years by the time symptoms arrive.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New updates!

I don't know as I've ever talked about the shirt size I was wearing.  It was a 4x.  I'm proud to say I'm down to a 3x.  it's not baggy yet but I'm working on that problem!  Another week and a half until new profile pics come along. 

As far as christmas goes I got some gift cards and I went and bought myself this scale.  Everyone says they're not as reliable.  It's a scale that measure water weight, body weight, and fat percentage.  I think it will at least show me the differnce as I start loosing more weight.  It should definately show that I'm going down in body fat percentage.  Here's hoping anyway. 
So here's the stats:  Body fat percentage was 64.7%.

They say the only true way to measure this is by a bod pod. 

I don't think you would find many people my weight or size willing to get into that.  I'm not usually clausterphobic but just looking at this makes me start to panic.  I think I'll stick with just getting healthy.  Building muscle, burning fat, gettiing trimmer so I can go shopping in regular size clothes store.  So I can get rid of the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and get rid of all or some  of the diseases and medical problems I have now. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Weigh in #11

Well here we are, I made it through the Christmas holiday!  Hoping that you all had a joyous holiday and spent it with family.   I did eat in moderation this week.  I don't feel the need to "eat in moderation" unless it would be Christmas or Easter.  I haven't encountered much of summer but my "moderation" food in summer would be salads.  I have learned how to make healthier versions of some of the salads I like.  We will see how the rest of the year goes with "moderation" foods.  I had some of this and that.  I also had problems getting to the gym when  we have had parties since Dec. 24th through the 26th.  I also have one on the 29th with my dad.  That I'm bringing healthy food too.  As I did to every one of my celebrations but Christmas day.    Pain in my back is still there and sometimes stronger than ever but I plan to start back at the gym bright and early in the morning. 

So today when I weighed in I was nervous as I am like last week when I only had  a bite of macaroni and cheese.  As Fawn has told me this is life and don't let a bite here or there get you all nervous or upset.  Re focus on your goal and move on.  Don't feel guilty about having different types of food you want in moderation that aren't as healthy as you have been eating.  I used to say that when I was on a "diet."  I actually used to say that with every meal I ate.  To me I can't eat something I want but isn't as healthy everyday.  I have my goals and I want to reach them.  As Fawn told me today  I didn't have to eat it the closer to you stay to healthy the quicker your results come.  I knew that but I made a decision to eat it.  I have many more weeks where we don't have "Christmas."  The foods I have had don't have the same taste to me.  I don't crave them.  Actually the one that had alot of sugar (ham)  that I tried scraping off made me really really tired.  I want to find a different option for next ham dinner. 

So today I lost another 3.5 lbs   at the weigh in.  It feels good but because I had a ham dinner this week and only bite of macaroni and cheese last week it really makes me question the weight loss process.  I've decided I'm not going to try and figure it out anymore.  I'm going to with the flow even if it's 10 lbs, 2 lbs, or nothing.  At least I'm trying to do that. 

Starting weight                        338 lbs
last week weight                      287.5 lbs
this week weight                      284 lbs
weight loss this week              3.5 lbs
total weight loss                        54 lbs
lbs to loose before next goal    15 lbs
weeks to loose weight               5 weeks
average per week needed           3 lbs

I may or may not make it.  I have set my goal not to easy as they say average weight loss after the first few weeks is 2 lbs.  I didn't want to set an easy one to get  so that I didn't try hard enough and just lounged my way to my goal and journey.  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Tomorrow starts our family festivities.  We sill be having a party with my husbands family but first I need to finish some wrapping, stick the last of the cookies into the oven for Santa, and then we'll take a drive looking at Christmas lights, and go to our Christmas eve service.  Christmas day we are doing our small family Christmas and then we are headed to my in laws for a lunch with them.   Then the next day I have a family breakfast with my ma's side of the family.  The same day a lunch with some of my cousins and aunts, then I get to see my dad on the 29th.  I love all the family time.  I pray that each one of you have a great Christmas.  I hope that you are lovingly surrounded by warm friends and family. 

I can't wait for my kids to tell me the story of Christmas on Christmas eve - a tradition every year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

10 weeks... Thanks everyone so much

It's been 10 weeks today that I started my journey.  I've lost 50.5 lbs.  I've changed in many ways.  Amongst this all I have gained so much from each one of you who have read my blog.  For those I see in person who support me all the day through!  I've had ups and downs.  That's what life is.  I don't have to go back to my old ways because I'm doing this.  This is my new way of living.  Eating healthy, exercising ( I love it!), and eating less healthier foods in moderation.  I have also seen others get inspired to eat healthier to get those lbs of that they want gone.  Amen! 

I got my holiday baking going for the kids.  Eat less healthier things in moderation remember!! My cookies are about the size of a quarter.  I'm also not making dozens and dozens of each like I used to. 

Taken from my friend, who's also on the journey - Take a  look at all the page views and different countries it's getting too!   3023 page views in just 10 weeks!!  God is good all the time!!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Weigh in #10

Since my journey one of my worst fears came true.  I didn't loose what I wanted to loose.  To me it what a little devastating and I punished myself for it.  I went straight to the gym.  Took out my aggression on my body.  I used to eat alot of food to take out my aggression that way.  I'm glad my way of thinking changed as far as the food goes.  I talked to Fawn and she put me back on track.  This is a way of living and I will try my best not to punish myself anymore.  I don't want being strict and regimented with food and exercise to become my "drug of choice."  I want this to be normal balanced part of my life.  I'm ashamed to say I punished myself at the gym. 

I'm trying to remember that I put this weight on slowly and it will come off slowly.  When I'm working out I'm burning fat and building muscle.  Muscle weighs more than fat so I won't always come out weighing less every week.  That muscle I'm building is helping to establish a better metabolism. 

Starting weight                  338
Last week weight              288
This week weight              287.5
This week weight loss         .5 lb
Total weight loss                50.5 lbs

Off to another week of changing me.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas is coming!!

I'm so excited about CHRISTmas coming.  Celebrating with family and friends the birth of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.  He's committed to each one of us.  He's there for everyone during the ups and the downs.  Since I accepted the Lord into my heart, I feel as though I'm not just married to my husband but to the Lord as well.  He's there to help us find out where we are going or doing with the rest of our life.  We talk to him on a daily basis.  He's there to help provide for us in times where we have had trouble.  We pray and give him our problems.  Let him take control of the situation - he's there.  He answer's prayer.  I had to learn how to give everything over to him as I'm human and I don't like to loose that control.  Knowing we are celebrating his life.  A life he gave for me and you.  The promise of an ever lasting life.  I dream of it, and I know the pictures inside my head can't come close to the place that is being prepared for those who live for the Lord.  I care about each one of you and am willing to help you become one of his children.  If you have any questions or would like to talk to you please don't hesitate to contact me in any way. 

Weigh in ...Tomorrow

Tomorrow is my weigh in.  This week I'm nervous but shouldn't be.  On Friday I had a bite of unhealthized macaroni and cheese.  It  wasn't processed though.  I choose to have things in moderation.  When you ad being sick, upon eating a spoonful of macaroni and cheese, and getting ready for the upcoming holidays seems to make me worry about any less healthy food you eat.  On top of that I had a great week last week.  I did all I can and I will be happy with my weigh in.  It's about the entire journey.  Eating healthier foods, a better mindset, functioning better, and getting down to a healthier weight. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Lately I've been have severe pain in my right leg from my bottom to my toes.  It's piercing pain that makes me unable to walk well.  Changing positions doesn't help.  Sometimes this makes you frustrated.  When pushing through life, continuing with your eating plan, and exercising it makes you wonder if all this is worth it.  With my conditions they say it won't resolve that I will always still have pain .  It's not something they can do surgery on at this age of my life.  One thing I don't like is having to take these pain pills all the time.  I eventually want to have decreased pain so I can't stop doing what I'm doing.  I'm going to keep going.  You can't let that mind, old habits, or the fact it would be easier now get to you.  It will much easier to maintain a physically fit mind and body in the long run.  Please keep me in your prayers.  Not just for this journey but for the physical pain to decrease and if the Lord see fit for him to heal me of this pain.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Go (goal) for it

You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.  ~Wayne Gretzky
Take a shot on yourself your worth it!
As being over weight I always promised myself every new years eve that I would start a "diet", eat healthier (even though what I thought was healthier really wants healthy), and start exercising.  I also promised this after I had both of my children.  I guess people are right you have to do it for yourself.  All those time I was just saying it as it was a traditional new years eve thing that people say.  I said it after I had my children as that's what every woman says.  Then I wasn't unhappy with the way I looked.  I was big yes but it really didn't seem to limit my activity with my  family.  That's one of my motivating factors now because my activity is limited due to my size and back problems.  All my ailments in life are stemming from my weight and if they don't my weight isn't helping the problems but making them worse.  I also was tired of the way I was living.  I just existed. 

As I did, you can to go for the Goal!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Goal!!

So here we are we've gotten into the 200's, we've lost 50 lbs, and now we're ready to set our next goal.  We're setting our next goal to be done by January 31st.  That's 7 more weigh ins.  I would like to go from 288 to be in the 260's even at 269.  One pound is one pound.  It all counts and gets me closer to being healthier!! 

So I have set several goals all before New year's eve, go ahead set some goals for you now ans start acting on them!! You can do this or anything you plan for. 

How am I feeling?

Well, I'm feeling structurally better.  The feelings of cold, congestion, cough, and decreased appetite are here again.  I'm foggy and not sleeping well.  Every time I cough trying to make sure that I'm not getting sick.  I wish I could go back to sleep again and wake up and be completely fine.  Keeping my fluids going and eating a much smaller meal that's balanced when I'm hungry.  Just trying to push through.  I know people say get  to the doctor.  Most of these things you get are just viral.  We will wait and see. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weigh in #9

Sometimes in life you got highs and lows.  When you go through all of these changes you reevaluate your goals in life.  That's what I'm going to have to do regarding my goal to loose 50 lbs by Christmas.  Sometimes life can be hard but you have to prioritize what you want in life. 

I started this journey to get healthy and loose weight.  To be in better physical shape so I can live a better fuller life.  So I can serve this world and my Lord the way he wants me to.   I believe that this is what was meant for me to do.  To show others that they can change their life.  If a person who's been over weight since I was a child can do it, and she's approximately 200 lbs over the suggest weight.  So I've lost approximately 1/4th of what is needed to get to the "suggested weight."  Than maybe they will try to achieve their goals.  Not just weight loss or a journey to health.  A journey to achieve any goal they have had in the past and never ventured down that road or a goal they've attempted but never reached.  Remember to achieve something it's best to go at it with a plan.  My plan eating and exercising plan.  The changes that have taken place on the outside has definatley affected the inside of my heart and mind. 

So I will be setting a new goal for me.  I have since reached my christmas goal of loosing 50 lbs. 
It's amazing how far you can go with something if your completely committed, make a plan, inform your family/friends so they can support you, and put your plan into action.  I think the reason that alot of this is working for me now is I'm vowing to live this way.  I can eat alot of my favorite meals on my meal plan and if I choose to have something that's not really on my meal plan I have learned how to make it healthier.  If I can't find a way I have alot of connections or use of the internet to find what I'm looking for. 

Starting weight             338 lbs
Last week weight          293 lbs
This week weight          288 lbs
Weight loss this week       5 lbs
Total weight loss            50 lbs

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Great accessories!!

From a little help from an elf called Mom, I was blessed with this great Potato cutter.  It was hard work making sweet potato fries by hand.  My hands was all orange and sore.  However, I did it because they were great tasting and it goes well with my eating plan.  That area of prepping food will now go faster and we'll probably have them more often because it's easier and less time consuming.  If you don't have any outlet stores around you, this can be found on several websites.  Can taste the sweet potato fries.  You can also use this to  make veggie sticks.

When I first moved out I had boughten a set of knives, I believe the cheapest you can get from Walmart.  Paying no more than $20.00.  I have now since learned what bargain shopping was.  I hope my mom used my skills this time.  She bout me some Chicago cutlery knives a 10 piece with sharpener.  I can't wait to use these.  This sells for $129.99 normally but there are places where you can get it cheaper.  Look here:

CHICAGO CUTLERY® Forum™ 10-pc Block Set

However at Opentip.com It sells for $60.30  I encourage everyone to search for coupon codes.  That can help with shipping, a percentage, or dollar amount off.  I have never ordered from this website.  I was using it as a price comparison. 

At the outlets they were on sale for $49.95 Then you could have scored another 20% off with leaving your email. Then tax. 

If there is anything you need that can help accelerate your healthy lifestyle, let me know I'd be happy to find you a great deal!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Can't wait for Fawn, why?

I can't wait for see Fawn.  Why?  I can't wait because I want to wrap my arms around her give her a hug and say thanks for helping learn how to change my life for the better!

She has inspired me to help others change their life.... I'm praying about it and we will see what God has in store for my life. 


Last night at our Wesleyan woman meeting.  I brought two healthy dishes - a chicken pasta salad and turkey chili.  I think many people like them. They seen how much I was eating and asked all about my journey.  I answered questions but I am not at the place yet where I can answer questions directed to what they should do - especially if they have certain health problems.  I loved getting the questions.  I love thinking that everyone is really truly interested in changing their life.  That couldn't believe I could eat pasta or bread!  I said I eat most things that god has been gracious enough to give us from his earth.  I try not to eat all that processed food.  There was a whole talk explaining what certain foods are.  Either protein, carb, grain, etc.  Some thought veggies were veggies.  I explained that some of the veggies are really starchy so you consider them a starch and not a veggie.  When Fawn comes I think maybe a workshop is in order!  I've already got some information to hand out.   I can't wait to see if our dinner's we have at church are transformed to a new and healthy version  - that tastes great!

Take a look and see - this journey is really rippling - all over the world!

Not again...

So here it is, we had a pot luck at our pastor's parsonage last night.  Complements of Fawn's mom and dad.  I have now had a rough night sleep.  Terrible headache that won't go away, sore throat, and body ache.  I missed several appointments.  One including being at the gym this morning to up my cardio and machines.   I also missed the chiropractor which will help with the headache.  I will get there this afternoon.

I feel like crawling in bed with blankets and not coming out until I feel better.  That's not how life works.  So I will push on and see if I can get back on track this afternoon.  I will not allow anyone but God and myself to control what I do.  I will get healthy!! That's what God desires for my life.  That's also what I desire for my life. 

Here we go.....Team Transformation!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Upping that exercise!! Bring it on!

So I've dealt with pain throughout the past few years.  This past couple weeks I think I had been pushing hard and my right leg was hurting pretty bad.  So I talked to my pain dr this week and there's really nothing that can be done at this time. 

Well I was at the gym today the trainer I had been working was watching me doing cardio and asked me when I was done how I felt.  I said really energized!  However, I had a question.  Every other time on the treadmill my heart rate was between 150-165.  Today it was between 140-150.  He said it sounds like it's time to up the workout some more.  He's going to leave orders for me tomorrow.  Praying I can meet the challenge, burn more calories, and up my physical fitness. 

Here's what my work out summary workout looked like:

We'll see what this next week brings!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Changes I'm getting close to be able to fit in jeans!!

I started this journey on Oct 6.  It's been 2 months.  There are many ways you can  measure your success.  I took a weight measurement in the beginning and you weekly see how that's changing.  I have been updating you guys and telling you how I'm doing on exercising and how my endurance and times on the machines change.  There's another way that proves how your doing.  In the beginning I took measurements of my body.  Here's how those have changed over the course of two months:

                        Oct 6                       Dec 6

Chest -          53"                               49 1/2"    (Everyone knew I'd loose it here!!)     
Waist -          57"                               54"
Hips -            59"                               56"
bicep -           15.25"                          14.5"
calf -              18.5"                            18"
thigh              29.25"                           27"

I'm almost able to fit into a pair of jeans.  The size chart says I"m only 2" away from fitting.  The sad part is I didn't even know I couldn't find a pair big enough for me until I tried.  After I had my son and then an injury 8 weeks later never again did I put on a pair of  jeans!!  When I do fit into a pair, I will bring you along via video tape!!  I'm praying it will be by the end of December

Monday, December 6, 2010

2 months total and new pics!!


Take a look at these on my transformation pics page and compare them to when I started and one month in.
So  months have gone by and here's my second set of update pictures for the "outside."  This is what my insides look like:


A little cheesy but like a friend said I have a bounce in my step and my emotions are getting that same bounce.  It feels great with this new mindset plus I love the difference of how I'm committed.

Weigh in #8........

Today I weighed in again.  Let me tell you, getting used to the fact that we loose slower at this point is hard but when you look at the overall picture and how much weight you lost you don't feel as bad about it.  I've looked at other's results and see that they lost a lot in the beginning and a little after that so I'm on track.  I heard this in the beginning.  You've heard it from many people that you will reach a plateau or loose smaller amounts of weight but you don't think it will happen to you.  I'm okay with that now.  I think it's finally sinking in. 

There is a praise/accomplishment.  As I'm on the chiropractors table on my back - he wants me to bring my knees up to my abdomen as far as I can.  I'm never usually able to do so.  Last friday I could lift them slightly to help him.  Today I was able to do it on my own!!!  One small step in my road to health!!

So today I lost another 2 lbs!

weight in the beginning         338 lbs
weight last week                    295 lbs
weight lost this week                2 lbs
Today's weight                        293 lbs
Total weight loss                     45 lbs
lbs left for goal                          5 lbs
weeks left to reach goal            2 lbs

Thank you so much for all the encouragement!! 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

One more day.....

Today and tomorrow is one more day.   One more day of a journey of life.  One small goal amongst the big goal of me living a healthy life and without it taking much work.  By much work I mean, having it be natural the way I make food or the way I do the exercise.  We have a Wesleyan woman Christmas meeting and I'm trying to find a healthy dish to bring so that I know I'm eating some healthy food and that others may want to try it and realize that healthy food is tasteful and decide that want to make healthier choices for their life. 

Tomorrow is another day - a day for my weigh in.  A day for the gym.  A day for my pain doctor's appointment.  Another day I choose to change me and my life. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

A new year on the way....

As it's less than a month from a new year I always start thinking of what changes I will be making for the new year.

OLD resolutions:

Loose weight, exercise, get prettier, and help all of my relationships and family stay/get happier.  These were my goals always, never did I make a plan, execute, or achieve these goals as a result of new years resolutions.  I loved myself inside but was truly unhappy with my outside.

Let me show you how this journey has changed my mindset- I guess I've helped with some of this but none of it changed until I decided to go on this journey.

NEW resolutions:

This year I won't have to make a resolution to loose weight as I'm already on a journey doing that, I'm exercising.  Both of these I had help to make a goal (get healthier), a plan was made on how to do this, and now I'm working on this.  There's no need for me to get prettier - once I'm healthier I will feel better about myself.  I already do feel better about who I am.  I would like for my many segregated parts of my family to be happy and to reunite.  However, I have decided  there is nothing I can do about it besides pray.  I'm finally going to listen to my husband not worry about it.  I'm giving it to the lord.  I will work on me and spend loving time with those who want to be around me.  I will not feel discouraged if things don't seem to work out like I think they should.  I'm not in control. 

In order to achieve success in anything:  1) set a goal  2) make a plan  3) establish a support group  4)  take your first step towards that goal 5) finally arrive at the finish line.

In anything you can do, instead of setting new years eve resolutions that you don't follow through on I encourage you to step out now and decide to start yourself a journey.  You can do this.  Believe in yourself!!

Tired and sore....

I have lost 43 lbs since the beginning of my journey.  I figured that by now I would see dome decrease in back pain.  That's one thing I'm desperately waiting for.  My back pain started in 2007 when I was pregnant with my youngest Benjamin.  If I don't see less pain by 50 lbs I'm praying for sure that I will feel better by a 100 lbs.  Everyone assures me that loosing weight and getting fit will help in the long run.  Which will keep me away from a surgery that could harm me more.  They say if I have a surgery once I will probably have to have one every 5 years for the rest of my life.  I'm glad that I'm here trying to preserve my health.  Sometimes all the medical intervention just isn't worth it.  However I'm grateful that it's there when I need it.  We'll see how the pain disperse every 20 lbs or so...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Taking a risk

Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone.  Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.  ~Tim McMahon

Here's another one of the quotes I got off a website.  I felt as though it fit my past and present and wanted to share it with you.  With all of my previous "diets"  I felt as though I was always taking a risk because it depended on me to carry it through and stay with it.  To not get disappointed in the weight loss.  To ignore my hungar.  I wansn't able to do those things.  I wasn't able to stay on my "diet." 

When I began talking with Fawn, reading these other blogs, and praying about it I felt as though this plan here is a "sure-thing-taking."  There was just something from the beginning telling me that I was going to be ok, content with amount and types of food I woudl be comsuming, that I would live this as my life, I would loose the weight, I would be committed to myself, my family, Fawn, and those of you who read my blog. 

After I get to a desired point which hasn't been set yet most people have asked if I will go back to eating those unhealthier things that I have cleaned out of my cupboards on a regular basis.  I will not.  I desire to put the healthy food in my mouth.  To eating as little processed food as possible.  I desire to eat great tasting food.  So I may add back in some healthy items that I'm not eating now.  Such as white rice I can ad back in but I'm not eating it now because I'm trying to get as much fiber and eat as clean as possible.